Access your health information anytime and anywhere, at home or on the go, with MyHealth.
Sign Up Now »
or Activate with Access Code
The MyHealth mobile app from Stanford Health Care puts all your health information at your fingertips and makes managing your health care simple and quick.
Download the app »
We are available to assist you whenever you need it. Give us a call at 650-498-3333 or GuestServices@stanfordhealthcare.org.
Have a question? We're here to help!
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Track your patients' progress and communicate with Stanford providers conveniently and securely.
Learn more about PRISM »
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) starts by injecting the bloodstream with
a special, light-sensitive chemical.
Once the substance collects in cancerous skin cells or precancerous
lesions caused by sun damage, we aim a laser at the treatment area —
setting off a chemical reaction that destroys the growths.
Photodynamic therapy is an important option for skin care, but it's
not a service every center offers. At Stanford, it's a key part of our
treatments, with nurses specially trained in the procedure.
Photodynamic therapy is a very effective and patient friendly way to
treat skin cancer and precancerous lesions caused by sun damage, and
it's covered by insurance as a medical treatment.
Photodynamic therapy also offers a shorter downtime and recovery
than topical treatment creams. It's best suited for the:
Photodynamic therapy is very safe, and some of its side effects are
actually positive: rejuvenated skin that looks smoother, brighter and
more evenly colored.
But the therapy can also cause: